Great profile of charity: water in the New York Times– the personal story of the founder is interesting:
Five years ago, Mr. Harrison was a nightclub promoter in Manhattan who spent his nights surrounded by friends in a blur of alcohol, cocaine and marijuana. He lived in a luxurious apartment and drove a BMW â€” but then on a vacation in South America he underwent a spiritual crisis.
Mr. Harrison, now 33, found an aid organization that would accept him as a volunteer photographer â€” if he paid $500 a month to cover expenses. And so he did. The organization was Mercy Ships, a Christian aid group that performs surgeries in poor countries with volunteer doctors.
He went on to found charity: water, which is essentially a marketing organization:
Armed with nothing but a natural gift for promotion, and for wheedling donations from people, Mr. Harrison started his group, called charity: water â€” and it has been stunningly successful. In three years, he says, his group has raised $10 million (most of that last year alone) from 50,000 individual donors, providing clean water to nearly one million people in Africa and Asia.
The article deserves a read, so check it out here.